updated 05/18/2011 AT 6:20 AM ET
•originally published 05/17/2011 AT 10:55 PM ET
Madonna, Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes … the list goes on of A-list stars who descended upon Chicago Tuesday to wish Oprah Winfrey farewell at a taping of the talk-show queen’s third- and second-to-last episodes ever of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“Having fun?” Winfrey asked about 13,000 audience members packed into Chicago’s United Center – which was stocked with 13,000 boxes of tissue – for the taping of two shows that will air May 23 and May 24. “So am I! So darn cool!” (Winfrey’s final episode will tape next week and air on May 25.)
Tom Hanks, who acted as master of ceremonies Tuesday night, told Winfrey, “You are surrounded by nothing but love” before introducing a video of viewers talking about how their lives have been positively impacted by the talk show that’s lasted 25 years.